And Stinson admits he could have been a little more prepared for the recent Replacements reunion. He returned to the band that made his name for a run of shows in 2012, leading to further appearances before they split again in 2015. He left Guns N' Roses earlier this year, ahead of the reunion featuring Rose, Slash and Duff McKagan.
Asked about Rose's "notorious" reputation, Stinson tells Rock On Philly: "That's one of the biggest misconceptions about him. He's a very hard-working dude that has a very particular was he wants to do things.
"I'll be honest - if he's doing anything other than what he wants to be doing, and you're in the room, you don't want to be in there. But when he's doing what he wants to do, he's great." Read morehere.
During the discussion he spoke about his brother Malcolm and also Cliff Williams retirement announcement. Angus became the sole original member of the legendary Australian band after his brother Malcolm retired in 2014 due to health issues including dementia.
"It's hard to communicate," Angus tells Rolling Stone about Malcolm's current status. "I do pass on messages. I can't be 100 percent sure it goes in there. But I let him know there are a lot of people missing him."
Asked whether AC/DC should have shut things down when Malcolm retired, Angus reflects, "That might be the case. But Malcolm was always one to battle through. He would look at me in times of crisis and go, 'We'll just go in and do some work. We'll sit and write some songs.' He had that drive, and I feel obligated to keep it going, maybe because I was there in the beginning with him."
Bassist Cliff Williams recently announced plans to retire when the Rock Or Bust tour ends in Philadelphia, PA on September 20. "Cliff made it known before we'd even started touring - this would be his last," says the guitarist. "Besides myself, Cliff has been there the longest, since 1977. Cliff and Brian are in the same age bracket. They like to go out, hit the pubs. They had the bond." Read morehere.
Braun created a Kickstarter campaign to help pay for the 2016 stunt in an effort "to bring this to the masses." Slash received Elton John's permission to record the new "Rocket Man" version for use as the theme music for the Kickstarter campaign.
Each person who donates to the campaign will receive a download of "Rocket Man" performed by Slash with Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators at Sunset Sound Studio in Hollywood.
"I approached the rock icon Slash, who I knew to be an Evel Knievel fan, and asked if he would be interested in being involved with my rocket project," explains Braun. "He gave us the most awesome gift we could ever dream: a theme song!
"Slash got permission from Sir Elton John to re-record his 1972 hit song 'Rocket Man' specifically for our project. Slash suggested we include the song with every reward so every single backer of our Kickstarter campaign gets it. So that's what we're doing!" Read morehere.
Jennings last year told Classic Rock: "It's an all-live band but we're doing all Giorgio tunes - stuff from 1977's From Here To Eternity and things like that. To me it sounds like Queens Of The Stone Age when you have a live band doing all his stuff."
He later said of his collaboration with Manson: "I invited Marilyn to a party, and I said, 'You know Cat People? You'd sound awesome doing it.' He was like, 'I sing that song every night before I go on stage.'" Watch the videohere.
The band were previously in a long drawn-out battle with EMI/Virgin Records after they attempted to walk away from their contract, eventually severing ties with its label Virgin Records in 2014. They are set to release their fifth album on Interscope - which they have been working on since late last year.
Leto said at the time: "I don't hate on record companies, I'm just anti-corruption, anti-greed. I think record companies can make fair, clear deals with artists and still be really profitable. So, we're looking at our options. We have several labels that want to work with us. They know what we've been through.
"We have been signed to a label since 1998, so for the first time ever we are actually free, and it's exciting. There are limitless options out there." Read more and watch the preview cliphere.
Parkway Drive released their video for Devil's Calling last month - lifted from the deluxe edition of their latest album Ire. They also won Best Video at the Metal Hammer Golden Gods Awards for their Vice Grip promo in June.
Speaking about the follow-up to 2012's Atlas, frontman Winston McCall told Metal Hammer: "We had a band meeting and it turned out all of us were thinking the same thing - none of us would get creative fulfillment out of writing another Parkway metalcore album.
"It was a really odd point to be at. We didn't want to stop what Parkway was about, but at the same time there had to be a different way of doing it." See the tour dateshere.
The follow-up to 2011's I'm With You was delayed after bassist Flea suffered serious injuries in a snowboarding accident. He recently told how he feared his career was over as result, saying: "A girl looked at my X-rays and said, 'There are big pieces of bone shorn off. You broke it in five places. There's nerve damage. I was so bummed. I felt like I'd let everybody down, because we couldn't record, but we'd written all our stuff. I was just really, really sad."
The Red Hot Chili Peppers' previous Modern Rock No.1 hits are Give It Away (1991), Soul To Squeeze (1993), My Friends (1995), Scar Tissue (1999), Otherside (2000), Californication (2000), By The Way (2002), Can't Stop (2002), Dani California (2006), Tell Me Baby (2006), Snow (2006) and The Adventures Of Rain Dance Maggie (2011). Read morehere.
The July 24 event - billed as "That's Live" - saw singers, guitarists, drummers, bassists, keyboardists, violinists and bagpipe players deliver performances of tracks by The White Stripes, Nirvana, Led Zeppelin, The Rolling Stones and The Beatles, among others.
The lineup closed the concert with a finale of "Learn To Fly" by the Foo Fighters - a song Rockin' 1000 successfully offered via video in 2015 to attract the band to perform in their city; the YouTube video is now over 32 million views.
"Last year, we did something extraordinary," the group's founder, Fabio Zaffagnini, told the crowd. "Someone called it a revolution. But this, what you're seeing here behind me: this is the revolution.
"Musicians from all over the world came together and are giving us an incredible live show. They're just like themselves, but they perform like rock stars, with no one standing out - showing us that with passion, dedication and hard work, we can transform our lives.
"So stick together, no more conflicts and play rock n' roll." Check out the video of the Rockin' 1000's performancehere.
The fictional, animated band Dethklok were the stars of hit Adult Swim TV series Metalocalypse, which was cancelled by the channel in 2015 after the fourth season had aired.
Dethklok released four real-life albums, the last of which was 2013's The Doomstar Requiem, and creator Small was hopeful that a fifth season would be approved.
Now Hoglan explains that he and Small can't call their band Dethklok - but they've made what would have been a fifth Dethklok album. Hoglan tells Metal Hammer: "Brendon is the guy to speak officially about the future of Dethklok per se, but one thing that I do know is I was down in LA doing a few days with Brendon on a new project that happens to be called Galakticon 2.
"All I know is this Galakticon 2 album sure sounds a whole lot like Dethklok and sure has the approach of Dethklok.. .but it's called Galakticon 2. That's the name of the band because we can't use Dethklok any more." Read morehere.
Established in 1960, Tower Records was once a retail powerhouse with 200 stores, in 30 countries, on five continents. From humble beginnings in a small-town drugstore, Tower Records eventually became the heart and soul of the music world, and a powerful force in the music industry. In 1999, Tower Records made an astounding $1 billion. In 2006, the company filed for bankruptcy. What went wrong? Everyone thinks they know what killed Tower Records: The Internet. But that's not the story.
Directed by Colin Hanks, and featuring music icons like Dave Grohl, Elton John and Bruce Springsteen, All Things Must Pass is a feature documentary film examining this iconic company's explosive trajectory, tragic demise, and legacy forged by its rebellious founder Russ Solomon. For seven years, Hanks took on the documentary that lamented and celebrated the Sacramento-based record store that grew from his hometown into an American retail powerhouse.
"I remember buying 'Blood Sugar Sex Magik' by the Red Hot Chili Peppers. It was the informative record for me on my musical path, which I bought at Tower Records," he said.
It'll launch on September 23 on 2CD, 3LP, 2DVD and Blu-ray and is said to "celebrate the trio of blues icons with over two hours of some the greatest blues songs ever written."
The DVD and Blu-ray editions will feature a collector's edition booklet, and have several bonus features including behind-the-scenes footage and more. The run of shows were a continuation of Bonamassa's celebration of the blues, which began with his live tribute to the music of Muddy Waters and Howlin' Wolf titled Muddy Wolf at Red Rocks. Bonamassa gave a portion of proceeds from both tours to the Keeping The Blues Alive Foundation - a non-profit organisation the guitarist founded in 2011. Read more and watch the Let The Good Times Roll videohere.
The flurry of activity comes as Wakeman gears up for a tour with Yes offshoot Anderson, Rabin & Wakeman - who are working on their own new material.
The Starmus DVD, on sale now, was recorded at the Starmus Festival on Tenerife, where Wakeman and Queen guitarist May collaborated with the English Rock Ensemble for an astronomy-themed show.
On August 5 a special edition of classic 1925 Lon Chaney movie Phantom Of The Opera is released, featuring a specially-commissioned Wakeman soundtrack. The restored and remastered film is signed by the keyboardist and comes in a special edition featuring Chaney photographs and reproduced lobby cards.
A package centred on Wakeman's 1980s TV show Gastank arrives on September 16, containing some of the impromptu performances delivered by Wakeman, his house band and special guests including Steve Hackett, Andy Fairweather Low and Phil Lynott. It's the first time all episodes of the show will have been made available, along with a CD of the musical skits. A signed, limited-edition box set comes with a shirt, book and reproduction AAA pass. Read morehere.
Directed by Paul Dugdale, the film follows the band's recent America Latina Ole tour, which culminated with a historic free gig in Havana, Cuba before 1.2 million fans.
The 14-date run opened in Santiago, Chile on February 3 and featured shows in Argentina, Uruguay, Brazil, Peru, Colombia and Mexico. The trek marked the Stones' first in the region since 2006's A Bigger Bang Tour.
"Ole Ole Ole!: A Trip Across Latin America" reportedly includes a scene with Keith Richards and Mick Jagger hanging out and performing an unplugged version of their 1969 classic, "Honky Tonk Women." Read morehere.
Their current road trip ends later this week with a performance at Wacken Open Air in Germany, which will be broadcast live online. McBrain tells Rock FM: "I said, 'We should do the lot - we should play every song off that record.' And obviously that would have been a bit of a push, because it's 92 minutes long. That's your show gone. It was a silly suggestion that was blown out. But it's such a great album."
He continues: "We have to be a little bit selfish in what we play live, what makes us feel happy when we go on stage and do older songs. We physically can't play a three or four hour set, which still wouldn't cover everything that everybody would want to hear." Read more and watch the full interviewhere.
Asked whether he'd indulged in room-trashing, Taylor said: "I did once, years ago when I was still drinking. I don't recommend it, because they pile on charges that you didn't know you'd accrued.
"But this was back in the days of tube TVs, which do a lot of damage - especially when you get a good strong cord and you start waving it about. I didn't break the window, but I broke the wall." Read morehere.
The set delivers the live debut of drummer Mike Portnoy with the band following the passing of A.J. Pero from a heart attack two months earlier while on tour with Adrenaline Mob.
The Twisted Sister package is the first in the Metal Meltdown series: Extreme will release "Pornograffitti Live 25: Metal Meltdown" on September 23.
The package captures the Boston band performing the 1991 album in its entirety at The Joint at the Hard Rock Casino in Las Vegas last year on the occasion of its 25th anniversary. Read morehere.
Speaking of his arrival in the Megadeth camp, Verbeuren tells Metal Messiah Radio: "It was very smooth. The guys are really cool, awesome, nice people - very welcoming. After one day, I sat down with Dave Mustaine and he was very open about everything.
"It's been a month now that I've been on the road with them, and it's been nothing but great. I think it's all about how you deal with a situation like that.
"I've been in bands for 25 years, so I kind of know how it works, and I know what my place is, so I try to do what people expect of me, and if they ask me for my opinion, I'll give it. And they do. Dave is always asking, 'What do you think of this song? Should we play this one?' So it makes me feel at home." Read more and watch the full interviewhere.
Munky tells WIRX Rock 107: "We compiled a lot of material and looked at it in retrospect to our previous albums - how did it play a part? Was it touching things that maybe we haven't touched on? We took a long time to do that.
"We actually started writing a lot of the material with eight-string guitars. That didn't pan out the way Head and I thought it was going to. But we got a lot of great stuff and we transposed a lot of that music to our seven-string sound, and it made more sense. It sounded more like Korn at that point."
He says they "veered to the left" with the albums they made while Brian 'Head' Welch was out of the band. When they began working on The Serenity Of Suffering they thought: "Let's kind of get this ship back on course a little bit, and still feel current with what's going on in music - but still maintaining the integrity Korn fans are used to." Read morehere.
Peterson tells Planet Mosh: "The album has definitely got some twists in there. It's kind of a full circle of everything. I would say it's like, The New Order with The Gathering meets Dark Roots Of Earth.
"Unfortunately, and I don't mean this in a bad way, but we were so booked with our live shows that we really didn't have time as a band to really focus in and jam on these songs. I kind of wrote everything, and everything happened at the last minute.
"We're still kind of editing stuff as we're going along right now, but it was written really, really, really quick. We were kind of - I don't wanna say 'forced,' - but it was kind of written so we could make ends meet on certain tours, to make everything happen."
He continues: "If we didn't record when we recorded in April and May, the only window that would be open would be September, so if we did September, and we have some shows in October, we would be looking at the record coming out next summer. And it would be killer, but are we all gonna be here still?
"So, it's, like, 'Look, it's good. Let's make it happen.' And we made it happen. So it's funny what you can do under pressure and deadlines. Pressure helps, because it kind of kicks you in the ass a little bit." Read morehere.
Speaking of the meaning behind the album tracks, Akerfeldt tells Rolling Stone: "I'm not talking about specific people in my past, girlfriends or ex-wives or anything like that.
"I've struggled a little bit in my relationships these last couple of years, and that has inspired me, I think, to write. Not that I deliberately sat down trying to write these types of lyrics. That's literally what came out when I started trying to write. It's only in retrospect that I kind of understood what it's about.
"I was trying to draw inspiration from the negative aspects of love: the jealousy, the mindf***s, the paranoia and everything that comes with what's ultimately a beautiful feeling.
"It's something that I value extremely highly in my life, but it really can have a damaging effect on you, which it did on me." Read morehere.
The Guardian report that the online shopping giant has been awarded a patent for the technology, which would analyze outside noise patterns and listen for specific trigger words. The headphones would then temporarily cancel noise reduction, allowing the user to hear when, for example, someone calls their name.
The company have already entered into the audio technology market by releasing their Amazon Echo in North America. The cylindrical speaker is controlled using voice recognition and also "answers questions, reads audiobooks and the news, reports traffic and weather, gives info on local businesses, provides sports scores and schedules." Read morehere.
Let The Wolves Inside is delivered from the perspective of someone who is eager to say the right things, make the right moves, and do whatever they can to use your fears to their advantage. Using people's anxieties and base, emotionally-charged impulses against them is rule number one when it comes to getting someone to allow you to manipulate them.
The most cunning con artists don't force themselves onto people, but rather set them up in such a way that they actually invite them in and are more than happy to do so. They will offer salvation. They will tell people things that they were already thinking but were too afraid to say, and it can be very therapeutic to hear someone else vocalize something that they have kept hidden away whether from shame or fear of the social repercussions of speaking their mind. They will make the victim feel that they have the power right up until they pull out the rug.
It's very easy to be seduced by the wolves under the right circumstances, and no one is really immune. It just takes the right wolf with the right words.
I found it a lot more interesting to approach the song from the angle of the wolf and not the victim. Becoming a character for a song is something I have enjoyed lately, and the creepy, sneaky-sounding vibe of the song didn't really lend itself to a woe-is-me narrative.
The fact that people, both politically and personally, can be convinced so often to act against their own best interests because of the power of their fear is a really terrifying concept to me.
Hearing is believing. Now that you know the story behind the song, listen for yourself and learn more about the albumright here!